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How can agroforestry help pollinators?

Today, farms in the U.S. are larger and have less nearby habitat to support pollinators. Private landowners can do a lot to support these critical pollinators by providing habitat and food sources for honey bees, native bees, butterflies, and others.

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Non-timber Forest Products and Forest Stewardship Plans

To many woodland owners “harvesting” typically means the removal of timber from forests. In recent years many landowners have become aware of the role non-timber forest products (NTFPs) can play in supplemental management strategies to produce income while preserving other forest qualities.

National Agroforestry Center

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals. Read more about the National Agroforestry Center…

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North American Agroforestry Conference Presentations Now Online!

Posted July 23, 2015

The presentations from the 15th North American Agroforestry Conference held in Ames, Iowa in June 2015 are now available online.

See the recorded presentations on the Iowa State University Forestry Extension 2015 AgroForestry Conference web page…

Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America, Fiscal Years 2011–2012

Posted July 23, 2015

Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America, Fiscal Years 2011–2012 - Comprehensive Version cover.

The report Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America, Fiscal Years 2011–2012 - Comprehensive Version (PDF) is available online. It provides information from 2011 and 2012 on USDA's support for agroforestry told through case studies of farmers and woodland owners using agroforestry practices. The report also outlines the next steps USDA plans to take to support agroforestry and USDA resources that support agroforestry for landowners, natural resource professionals, researchers, and other partners. A short version of the report is also available: Agroforestry: USDA Reports to America, Fiscal Years 2011–2012 - In-Brief (PDF).

Green Lands Blue Waters is Seeking Candidates for a Watershed Initiative Coordinator

Posted July 23, 2015

Green Lands Blue Waters is seeking candidates for a new position of Watershed Initiative Coordinator. The job description and application information are available on the Green Lands Blue Waters web site (PDF).

New Windbreak Economic Tool Available

Posted July 13, 2015

Forestry Best Management Practices map.

A new Windbreak Economic decision-making tool is now available for download on the NAC Web site. This economic tool was developed through a partnership of the National Agroforestry Center and the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. Special thanks to Larry Godsey, Missouri Valley College.

Green Lands Blue Waters is Seeking Candidates for a New Position of Watershed Initiative Coordinator

Posted July 10, 2015

Job description and application information are available from the Green Lands Blue Waters website (PDF)…

Forestry Best Management Practices by State

Posted June 9, 2015

Forestry Best Management Practices map.

The National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Forest Service have an interactive map of information about Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs). You can find out if BMP regulation in that state is regulatory, quasi-regulatory, or voluntary. Explore which agencies are responsible for BMP policy development.

See the Forestry Best Management Practices by State…

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About Agroforestry

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. Agroforestry practices include:

About the NAC

The USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) had its origins in the 1990 Farm Bill. It began as a Forest Service Research and State & Private Forestry effort in 1992 and expanded into a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1995. It is administered by the Forest Service's, Washington, DC, Office of Research and Development. NAC offices are located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Blacksburg, Virginia.

NAC accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners. Together, we conduct research, develop technologies and tools, coordinate demonstrations and training, and provide useful information to natural resource professionals.

About Working Trees

The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems. That's the Working Trees message that helps natural resource professionals, community leaders, and landowners identify with the concept of agroforestry. NAC uses the Working Trees theme to promote the development of sustainable agriculture and communities.

 

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